Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Billy Robinson “The Family” (1972)


During the 60s and 70s, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sought out. the finest jazz musicians in Canada and recorded them improvising live in a small combo setting to document their work for posterity.

A few vinyl LPs of each session were pressed up but most this incredible music has been gathering dust in the CBC archive for more than 30 years. I discovered this track on the awesome compilation called “Ready or Not” on the always reliable Canadian label called Do Right! It’s an essential piece of Canadian music history.

Billy Robinson - The Family


Bass – Erroll Walters
Composed By – Billy Robinson
Drums – Jim Norman (2)
Guitar – Peter Leitch
Piano – Pierre Leduc
Producer – Ted Farrant
Sounds – Gilles Vaudeville
Tenor Saxophone – Billy Robinson

About Billy Robinson

Billy Robinson was one of Canada’s most celebrated jazz musicians. composer, bandleader and educator. The warm-toned tenor saxophonist was dubbed by Freddie Hubbard as “The Mystic” played with Charles Mingus’ band prior to his debut on Archie Shepp’s monumental ‘Attica Blues’ sessions.




Montreal-based DJ and the founder (2007) and 24 Hours of Vinyl (2011).